What We Read Today 31 December 2013

December 31st, 2013
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The top of today's reading list asks if safe assets should remain with negative real interset rates ........ and the tenth article shows the impressive gains for solar energy technology. The bonus (11th article) is an analysis of global income inequality.

Follow up:

  • Weird is Normal (Frances Coppola, Piera) Frances Coppola has contributed to Global Economic Intersection, most recently here. Are negative real interest rates for safe assets the new normal? Should they always have been the normal?


  • BIS Sounds Alarm Over Record Sales of Payment-in-Kind Junk Bonds (Katie Linsell, Bloomberg) Hat tip to John O'Donnell. These notes give borrowers the option to pay interest with more debt. In 2013 issuance totalled $16.5 billion, higher than the previous record of $11.1 billion in 2007. The amount for 2012 was $6.5 billion. Another credit bubble?
  • The Plight of the Employed (Paul Krugman, The New York Times) The unemployed may have it tough but it is not a great time to be employed either.


  • UBS: Utilities face “perfect storm” from renewables, storage (Giles Parkinson, REneweconomy) Another report indicating that traditional electrical generation is being priced out of the market by renewables, specially solar. Where are all the people who, 3-4 years ago, were ridiculing the possibility that "expensive" solar could ever be an economically viable source of electricity?



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